Montclair Community Pre-K to Host Scholarship Gala, June 2

BY  |  Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Pre-KThe Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) will host its annual Scholarship Gala on June 2 at Chill (310 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair). Net proceeds from the gala will go towards the school’s Scholarship Program, which ensures that every child in Montclair can attend MCPK, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

The theme of this year’s Scholarship Gala is “Embrace Montclair’s Tomorrow by Supporting Our Children Today” and celebrates the college graduation of many members of MCPK’s first class in 1998, including alumni Dallas Anglin, Molly Gilruth and Safari Mincey. Tickets cost $75 and attendees will enjoy light refreshments, an open bar and dancing to music spun by DJ Gas. Order online here.

“We have so much to celebrate this year,” said MCPK board president Sean Flynn, “especially our first college graduates. They are living proof that a quality preschool experience prepares children for success in school and in life. Every child in Montclair is entitled to those same opportunities, and our Scholarship Gala helps make this possible.”


Montclair Cooperative School Celebrates “Wind Day” With Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Cooperative School

The Montclair Cooperative School students, grades 5 through 8, will celebrate Wind Day with a festival. Students will display the wind-powered sculptures they’ve been designing all year with the help of an artist in residence. The sculptures are inspired by “whirligig” sculptures from around the world, and use principles of science, technology, engineering and math to move with the wind and express beauty, fun, ideas, and emotion. Continue Reading

Three Essex County Students Win the Annual Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards

BY  |  Monday, May 23, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards

The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) honored three extraordinary Essex County high school students with the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards. Selected out of an outstanding field of 36 applicants, the recipients of the awards were recognized for their contributions to many different causes including starting a community service based news website, creating and filming live fire scenes for educational purposes, and fighting to build gender-neutral bathrooms in a local high school. This is the 13th year the award has been bestowed to deserving high school students. Continue Reading

Boy Scout Troop 12 Den 8 Take Tour of Montclair Police Headquarters

BY  |  Monday, May 23, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

(Officer Anjannette Johnson shows Boy Scouts a Patrol Car)

(Officer Anjannette Johnson shows Boy Scouts a Patrol Car)

Last month, members of the Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit (CSU) gave the Boy Scout Troop 12 Den 8 a tour of Montclair Police Headquarters. The scouts visited different offices of MPD, and met Deputy Chief Wil Young, Patrol Officers, and Detectives. They were also able to see a patrol car up close and personal. The scouts were very engaged, and asked several questions about life as a police officer.



Montclair Film Festival Summer Series: Inside Out, Purple Rain, The Wiz, and Jaws

BY  |  Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival

It’s not summer in Montclair without the annual Montclair Film Festival Summer Series kicks and this year’s lineup offers something for everyone.

Pack up your blankets, chairs and picnics and go enjoy the family animated film Inside Out at the Presby Iris Gardens on June 3, wear your purple and go crazy at Purple Rain on July 8, ease on down to the Montclair Public Lbrary on July 29 for The Wiz, and end the summer with splash with Jaws on Church Street on August 19.



Weekend Family Highlights: Glenfield Art Show, Fun at MAM, Ballet, Orchestra and More

BY  |  Friday, May 20, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Family Art Adventure_9Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up lots of fun things for the whole family to enjoy!

The Glenfield Art Festival (25 Maple Street, Montclair)  is tonight from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Artwork by Glenfield’s community of student artists will be featured throughout the first floor of the middle school. The annual celebration of the visual arts will also include visiting artists, craft stations, games, face painting, refreshments, raffle baskets, a silent auction, and live music.  This event is FREE, open to the public and suitable for all ages. One of the highlights of the evening will be our silent auction art gallery.  You’ll have the opportunity to bid on artwork donated by parents, staff and some prominent New York gallery artists including Jon Boles, Teke Cocina, Dennis Dawson, Jason Duval, Brock Enright, Ambre Kelly, Bruce Rainier, Michael St. John, Valaire van Slyck, and more! Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: New Members on Board, But Still No President or Vice President

BY  |  Friday, May 20, 2016 7:08am  |  COMMENTS (23)

Montclair Board of Education meeting started with the swearing in of two new appointees, something that didn’t happen at Monday’s night’s meeting. But the rest of the board’s second re-organization attempt at its special May 19 meeting was contentious with a tie vote resulting in the board’s failure to select new officers and allegations from the public about newly seated members.

The Montclair Board of Education, minus new member Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross.

The Montclair Board of Education, minus new member Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross.

After Mayor Robert Jackson changed course and allowed the Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Joseph Kavesh and Franklin Turner to take their seats on the board, informing the district office of his decision late in the afternoon without advance notice, Kavesh and Turner took their seats at the special meeting but the Rev. Caldwell-Gross could not attend.  His absence allowed the board to spilt 3-3 in choosing between Jessica de Koninck and Laura Hertzog for board president and in choosing between Turner and Anne Mernin for vice president.  Voting for de Koninck for president were herself, Mernin and Eve Robinson; voting for Hertzog were herself, Kavesh and Turner.  The de Koninck bloc voted for Mernin for vice president; the Hertzog bloc voted for Turner.  Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi, who assumed control of the meeting with Business Administrator Brian Fleischer, explained what the ties meant, based on his own experience prior to his retirement. Continue Reading

New Appointees to Montclair BOE To Be Sworn in Tonight (UPDATED)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 5:06pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

New board members.

New board members.

UPDATE 6:35 p.m.– Two out of the three new BOE members were sworn in tonight. Brian Fleischer annoucned that Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Pastor, was not able to attend this evening.

The BOE appointees — Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Pastor, Joe Kavesh, Esq., and Franklin Turner, Ph.D. — previously named by Mayor Jackson but who were temporarily withdrawn late Monday afternoon will now be sworn in as BOE members tonight, Deputy Municipal Clerk Juliet Lee confirmed to Baristanet this afternoon.

The new appointees will replace David Deutsch, Robin Kulwin and David Cummings, who continued their service briefly on Monday night. Continue Reading

Face Painting, Performances and More For Montclair High’s Gay Mayday

BY  |  Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

gay marriage in NJMontclair High School’s Gay Straight Alliance will hold a Gay Mayday celebration this Saturday, May 21 from noon-5pm in Watchung Park. Students are raising money for the Ali Forney center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth.

Face painting, light food and performers throughout the day, including T and Tessa, Matt Aarons, Tula Vera, Jonah Skeen, Passing Notes, Noah Grande and The Subcultures.

Essay: When the Cheering Stops

BY  |  Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (5)


It has been 18 years since I missed an opening day, which totals 10 years of little league, four years of high school and four more years playing Division 1 softball at Seton Hall University. Now there is a deafening quiet in my life as all the cheering has stopped.

I was one of a very few Dad’s whose daughter played a DIVISION 1 sport. It is a very exclusive club. Sara was a born a natural. She was gifted with an athleticism that was obvious when I first noticed the way she positioned her body while digging sand from a hole at the beach. She had perfect angles and possessed a precise rhythm, driven by her effortless determination. She had an inherent strength and natural fluidity both in sync with time and motion. Her field perception was as effortless and precise as a prima ballerina, always with a smile.

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Wow. I could relate to and empathize with much of the perspective shared here. It's an inspirational story and exemplary contribution to both local and national history. Thank you for sharing. Best of luck to Sara and the MHS Girls Softball Team! Go Blue!

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